The Bayelsa State Government has constituted a Students’ Management
Committee to tackle student related issues, with a view to
re-orientating their values for positive development.
The committee is chaired and coordinated by Ebipatei Apaingolo.
Members of the committee are Evans Baribote, Eteli Tuanam, Atti Moses,
Maxwell Obesi and Miss Imoemi Tombofa.
Others are Ipogi Tony, Oweifie Success, Fortune Jack, Jeremiah
Owoupele, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on NYSC, Suoyo
Appah and Tari Pori, SSA on Youths, Ekeremor LGA.
Among other terms of reference, the committee is expected to
collaborate with other youth bodies in the state, towards managing the
affairs of students as well as checking acts of cultism and other
forms of criminality among the youths in general.
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, who performed the inauguration
ceremony, charged members of the committee to sensitize students on
the prevailing national economic challenges and the attendant effects
According to him, as future leaders, it was imperative to incorporate
the student body into the activities of the government to enable them
be abreast of the political and socio-economic issues.
While emphasising the need for effective enlightenment, Dickson
condemned the level of cynicism, where people do not believe that
something good could come out of their leaders as a result of the long
period of neglect and under-development of the Niger Delta.
He said, “We need to work together and manage our processes of
government and the way we carry out our collective businesses so that
our society can get out of this crisis. I want a situation where
students and the youth population in general are not misinformed. As
future leaders, i want them to understand the real issues that
government and other leaders have to deal with.
“I want a situation where the young people in this state the basis
upon which political service must stand. For us, political service
must mean an opportunity to serve our society first, and one’s self
the least. But the reverse is the case. But it is not their fault. It
is as a result of faulty foundation and that is why our government is
solving foundation problems on a daily basis since we came on board.”
In his remarks, Apaingolo expressed appreciation to Dickson for the
opportunity to serve and promised to deliver on their mandate.
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